Jumbo Women's Basketball Can't Make Second Half Comeback, Fall To Whitman 70-51

 
Senior Kate Barnosky had a near double-double with nine points and eight boards

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Whitman College Missionaries took down the Tufts University Jumbos, 70-51, on day two of the Williams Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Chandler Gymnasium.

For much of the first half, the two teams traded hoops.  Whitman, however, started to pull away at the 6:30 mark behind a hoop from freshman Heather Lovelace (McKinleyville, CA) and two free throws from senior Jenele Peterson (Redondo Beach, CA) that pushed the score to 23-19.  Tufts called a timeout but was unable to convert on its possession out of the break.  On the ensuing Whitman possession, Lovelace drove baseline and finished to push the lead to six.  Lovelace scored 11 points in the first half.

Tufts continued to fight to keep the lead at a minimum.  Senior Tiffany Kornegay (Carver, MA) drove into the lane to draw defenders and dished the ball back out to junior Collier Clegg (Evanston, IL) who knocked down the huge three.  The Jumbos were then able to force a turnover on the next possession but could not take advantage.

The play was back-and-forth for the final possessions of the half, and the Missionaries went into halftime with the 33-27 lead.

Out of the break, it looked like Whitman was going to pull away. Clegg, however, hit a three-ball from the top right to cut the lead to 43-33 with just under 15 minutes to play.  Under a minute later, she swooshed another from the same spot to keep the Jumbos in the game.  With 10:09 on the clock, however, Jennifer Keyes nailed a long ball for the Missionaries to force the lead back to 10.  Although the Jumbos continued to fight, they were unable to get back in the game as Whitman continued to add to its lead.

Lovelace led the way for the Missionaries with 13 points. Peterson added 12 and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Clegg scored a team-high 13 points for the Jumbos while first-year Hayley Kanner (Scarsdale, NY) added 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting and seven rebounds. Junior Bre Dufault (Hampden, MA) hit a pair of three-pointers and finished with eight points. First-year Kelsey Morehead (Foster City, CA) had a game-high five assists and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Tufts will look for its first win of the season in the home opener on Tuesday night at 5 pm against Colby-Sawyer.

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Game release courtesy of Williams College